Abe Still Resolved to Revise Constitution

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)--Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed strong eagerness on Monday to revise the country's Constitution by the time his term of office as president of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party runs out in September 2021.

"Although it's not an easy road, I definitely want to achieve" constitutional amendments, Abe told a news conference after the end of an extraordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament, on the day.

Abe also said that he "won't hesitate" to dissolve the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, for a snap election if he thinks "the time has come to seek a public mandate."

Constitutional amendments "are increasingly attracting the public attention," the prime minister said, while voicing "extreme regret" over the Diet's failure to hold full-fledged deliberations during the just-ended extraordinary session on a national referendum law amendment aimed at improving voter convenience in a potential referendum on revision to the supreme law.

"I'd like to accelerate work to draw up a draft of a revised Constitution" at related commissions at both Diet chambers during next year's ordinary parliamentary session starting next month, he said.

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